Dr Sabrina Germain is a Senior Lecturer at the City Law School, a member of City University’s Centre for Healthcare Innovation Research (CHIR), and a research associate at the Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Culture in Health Law and the Policy and the Health Hub: Politics, Organisations and Law (University of Montreal, Canada). She is also the Society of Legal Scholar (SLS) co-convenor of the Health Law section.
Dr Germain’s research interests are in the field of healthcare law and policy and bioethics. She focuses on questions of distributive justice (resource allocation and access to healthcare services) and the role of medical professionals in the healthcare law making process.
Her monograph Justice and Profit in Health Care Law (Hart, 2019) is a comparative study that puts forward the influence of justice principles and for-profit actors (the medical profession, employers and insurers) on the development of laws to allocate healthcare resources in western welfare states.
Her current research projects include a study on 1) the role of medical professionals in shaping healthcare law during COVID-19 in England, 2) a comparative project on the role of the medical profession in Canadian and British healthcare reforms, and 3) an analysis of inequalities in access to healthcare for ethnic minorities and migrant women during the COVID-19 pandemic with Dr Adrienne Yong (City).
Dr Germain has recently been called on to comment on the emergency measures put in place to preserve the NHS during the first peak of COVID-19 infections in the UK. On several occasions she has also contributed to specialised articles in The Times (London) and has been interviewed live on TRT world.
At City, she convenes the medical law and bioethics module and teaches tort law. In 2019, Oxford University Press awarded her the Law Teacher of the Year Prize. Dr Germain is currently the GE LLB Programme Director and a member of the Race and Equality Charter group.
Prior to City, Dr Germain was a lecturer in Law and Public Policy at the University of Surrey and held visiting scholarships at the University of Cambridge, University of Cape Town and Brooklyn Law School. Dr Germain is admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York and has worked as a transactional lawyer in an international law firm.
Law Teacher of the Year 2019